1. Family Detectives Club Returning Soon!

    October 2014 Schedule

    October 2014 Schedule

    The Family Detectives Club returns for its third season beginning October 5, 2014. Each week from October through May, we will be exploring a different subject of interest to family history researchers and providing tips and websites to use when doing your research. We also provide an informational handout for you to take away with you. (Pictured here is our schedule for the…

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  2. Create a holiday/winter ornament for the Central Library. Click here  for the guidelines and application. 

    Create a holiday/winter ornament for the Central Library. Click here  for the guidelines and application. 

  3. New framed prints are here! Come check out the new prints available in the Arts Division!
    Patrons can check out up to four prints for a period of up to eight weeks.
     

  4. Haunted Rochester: Ghosts of the Genesee - The Haunted SitesTuesday, September 23rd1:30 - 2:30pmRundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial BuildingPlease join us to learn about the most prominent thirteen haunted sites and buildings in the lower Genesee Valley. Lively and colorful, this profile of the Genesee’s power-sites crosses disciplines and cultures, as well as centuries. This talk is given by Mason Winfield, a local author who is widely considered the leading local authority on paranormal activity, the supernatural and uncanny occurrences in the Western New York region.Free and open to the public. No registration required.Call 428-8380 for more information.

    Haunted Rochester: Ghosts of the Genesee - The Haunted Sites

    Tuesday, September 23rd
    1:30 - 2:30pm
    Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor Rundel Memorial Building

    Please join us to learn about the most prominent thirteen haunted sites and buildings in the lower Genesee Valley. Lively and colorful, this profile of the Genesee’s power-sites crosses disciplines and cultures, as well as centuries. 

    This talk is given by Mason Winfield, a local author who is widely considered the leading local authority on paranormal activity, the supernatural and uncanny occurrences in the Western New York region.

    Free and open to the public. No registration required.
    Call 428-8380 for more information.

  5. The 9th Annual Empire State College Alumni, Student & Faculty Art ShowLibrary: Central Library Exhibit Dates: 9/8/2014 - 10/9/2014 Details: Please join us for an opening reception for The 9th Annual Empire State College Alumni, Student & Faculty Art Show. The reception is on September 11, 2014, from 5:30-7pm in the Lower Link Gallery in BLB.

    The 9th Annual Empire State College Alumni, Student & Faculty Art Show
    Library: Central Library 

    Exhibit Dates: 9/8/2014 - 10/9/2014 

    Details: Please join us for an opening reception for The 9th Annual Empire State College Alumni, Student & Faculty Art Show. The reception is on September 11, 2014, from 5:30-7pm in the Lower Link Gallery in BLB.

  6. Labor Day

    What better way to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of workers than with a day off? As we here in the Local History and Genealogy division gear up for the long holiday weekend, I find myself pausing to reflect on Rochester’s past (as Deputy City Historian, I do this from time to time) and the history of our city’s labor force.

    Thanks to the waterpower of the Genesee falls and the easy…

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  7. Join Beau Beausoleil, poet and bookseller for an intimate discussion of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project. Beau founded this coalition in response to the March 5th 2007, car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of Baghdad’s historic literacy district, a block filled with bookstores and cafes. 
Watch the video here
Recorded in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, NY. June 6th, 2014.

    Join Beau Beausoleil, poet and bookseller for an intimate discussion of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project. Beau founded this coalition in response to the March 5th 2007, car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of Baghdad’s historic literacy district, a block filled with bookstores and cafes.

    Watch the video here

    Recorded in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, NY. June 6th, 2014.

  8. "Where Rochester Arcadians Dwell" →

  9. Beautiful new book received in the Arts Division Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 164 beautiful black and white photographs taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city’s inhabitants, the vibrant and bustling vitality of the area, and the changing nature of the neighborhood. What may at first appear to be a casual encounter becomes a personal, intimate record, a meaningful collaboration between photographer and subject. With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America’s most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture. Stein’s photographs capture and celebrate the Harlem spirit.

    Beautiful new book received in the Arts Division 


    Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 164 beautiful black and white photographs taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city’s inhabitants, the vibrant and bustling vitality of the area, and the changing nature of the neighborhood. What may at first appear to be a casual encounter becomes a personal, intimate record, a meaningful collaboration between photographer and subject. With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America’s most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture. Stein’s photographs capture and celebrate the Harlem spirit.